Cubs’ Lackey misses chance at win

Chicago Cubs picther John Lackey walks off the mound after being taken out of the game against the Dodgers in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the NLCS at Dodger Stadium Wednesday.
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John Lackey, Chicago’s starter Wednesday, didn’t last long enough to get the win even though the Cubs cruised to a 10-2 victory at Dodger Stadium in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series.

The veteran right-hander was replaced in the fifth inning when, with the Cubs up 5-0, he issued back-to-back walks to Andrew Toles and pinch-hitter Andre Ethier.

Lackey was bidding to become the first pitcher to win postseason games with four teams. He won two games with the St. Louis Cardinals, three with the Boston Red Sox and three with the Angels.


The big win for the Angels came in Game 7 of the 2002 World Series against the San Francisco Giants.

Lackey, 37, had given up only three hits and a walk, with three strikeouts, before the consecutive walks leading off the fifth inning.

“John doesn’t usually walk people like that,” Cubs Manager Joe Maddon said.

Lackey was visibly upset when Maddon replaced him with Mike Montgomery, but he wouldn’t go into it after the game.

“We won the game, I’m not going there,” he said. “ I was pretty surprised.”

Was he as angry as he looked?

Said Lackey: “It was a great team win.”

Montgomery a big hit

Montgomery, a former first-round pick out of Newhall Hart High, was credited with the win, even after getting into even more trouble by giving up a sharp single to the first batter he faced, Howie Kendrick.

But that was the last ball hit hard off the 27-year-old left-hander. He struck out Corey Seager with the bases loaded, then got Justin Turner to bounce a ball up the middle for what might have been a double play.


But, unfortunately for Montgomery, the ball went off his glove and rolled into left field, scoring both Toles and Ethier.

“Yeah, actually if he just gets his glove out of the way, he gets out of the inning,” Maddon said.

That cut the Cubs’ lead to 5-2, but Montgomery got both Adrian Gonzalez and pinch-hitter Enrique Hernandez to ground out to end the inning.

The Cubs then scored five times in the top of the sixth inning, with Montgomery contributing a single before coming out to throw a scoreless bottom of the inning.

On-base streak intact


With his two-run single in the fifth, Turner has reached base in 14 consecutive playoff games, which tied him with Carl Furillo for the longest streak in Dodgers history.

Turner also worked a walk in the seventh inning.

He is batting .321 in the postseason with a triple, two home runs, eight runs batted in and seven walks.

He plays for winners

Kenta Maeda, the Dodgers’ announced Game 5 starter, pitched eight seasons in the Japanese league with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, and his old team is doing OK without him.

The Carp have advanced to the Japan Series, the best-of-seven league championship series.

Asked his thoughts about playing for a championship in the United States while his old team was going for one in Japan, Maeda said he had mixed feelings about the Carp doing so well without him. He also said he was “very happy” for them and “really want to win it for the Dodgers.”

Maeda, who broke in with the Carp when he was 20, had a career record in Japan of 97-67 with a 2.39 earned-run average.


One of the Carp’s pitchers this season is former Dodger Hiroki Kuroda, who this week announced he would retire after the series.

“I’ve been shown an excellent dream with an excellent team,” Kuroda, 41, told the Kyodo News. “And now I want to go out with a smile on my face, all of us celebrating a championship pouring beer on each other.”

Reliever needs relief

Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. left the game with two outs in the seventh inning because of tightness in his left hamstring.

Edwards, a right-hander, got Yasiel Puig to ground out to start the inning, then struck out Howie Kendrick.


However, he walked Seager and was immediately tended to on the mound.

He was replaced by Travis Wood, who walked Turner before getting Gonzalez on a fly ball to left.

Times staff writer Mike DiGiovanna contributed to this report.